Jim Goodwin knows how lucky he is to be in the football management game, however ruthless it may be, as a dip in the ‘real world’ shows he’s got it good at St Mirren.
The Buddies face Kilmarnock on Saturday as they continue to push for the top six. They face a Killie side without a manager after Alex Dyer’s departure, just a few weeks after facing Motherwell, who recently replaced Stephen Robinson with new boss Graham Alexander.
But, despite the cut-throat nature of his industry, Goodwin says he’ll always appreciate his privilege: “It’s the nature of the beast unfortunately. When you lose games of football your position comes under threat.
“Every manager no matter the level is aware of that. It’s a result-driven business but we are fortunate at the moment that we have been ok. But you can never get too comfortable in this position. One month you are the best thing since sliced bread.
“Then you lose two or three games and you are under pressure. But that’s why we love the game, that’s why I love it, I love that buzz, that pressure people put on you and the pressure you put on yourself.
“It’s a real good job to have but ultimately people lose them because of poor results. That’s what happened to Alex Dyer and he’s a really likeable guy, I wish him well. You have to enjoy the good moments.”
Having worked for Cadbury after his playing days and setting up his own business too, Goodwin knows how lucky he is. That’s why when things don’t go to plan, it hurts him: “My problem is never getting too high because I never get carried away with the wins.
“But I probably let the defeats affect me to much, I really struggle. I take so much responsibility for what happens and ultimately if we lose it’s my fault. Getting too high after a win isn’t an issue for me but trying to pick myself up after a defeat is always a problem.
“I’ll never take this position for granted and nobody has to remind of that. I have had the good fortune of working in the real world. I have driven around the country for hundreds of miles a week selling chocolate.
“I’ve worked my own courier business, working 15 hour days. There’s nobody more appreciative of my position than me and that’s why I am so determined. I arrive as early as possible and leave as late as possible.”
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